Walking Tour of Cascais - Page 2
Behind the the Museu do Mar is the most striking building of Cascais , the Casa das Historias Paula Rego, from the terracotta coloured windowless exterior two huge pyramid towers extend, which have been clearly influenced by the National Palace of Sintra. Inside the visitor is disorientated by the labyrinth layout, with the displays bathed in daylight from the hidden windows.
A triumph for modern architecture, though not all agree. Unfortunately at time of writing the museum was between temporary collections but staff were enthusiastic and informative, again the museum is free.After the time spent in the last three museum the tour takes to the outside with a short walking section to the interesting cliff faces which are exposed to the power of the Atlantic.
To reach the coast from the Casa das Historias Paula Rego continue down the Avenue da Republica, turn left at the round about and continue straight at every junction. These roads pass some of Cascais grandest residences with many being restored or converted in to luxury apartments, this is far from the state of 10 years ago when many were in a very sad sate of decline.
The most interesting cliff formation on the Atlantic facing coast line is the attention grabbing Boca do Inferno (Hell's mouth), the mouth is an open cave were waves crash into the exposed interior of the inlet. There are post cards on sale indicating the reasoning behind the name with the waves spitting out of the inlet but don't expect this during the summer months.
To the south of Boca do Inferno is a permanent market selling traditional wares and products of Portugal. Though designed for tourists the products on sale here tend to be much cheaper than in the centre of moneyed Cascais.
The walking tour follows the cliff path south as it curves around the headland back into the town of Cascais, just before the small cobbled bridge turn right, this leads to the Casa de Santa Maria and the light house of Cascais.
The Casa de Santa Maria is a charming house constructed in 1902 which until only recently was a private residence but now has been purchased by Cascais council as a unique building of the town. The house was constructed in defiance of European trends of the era and was constructed solely from Portuguese materials, the tiles used through out were salvaged from a ruined chapel in Lisbon. The house has great views of the marina and is unique designed throughout with the most intriguing room being the boat room.
Behind the Casa de Santa Maria is the light house and the Farol Museum de Santa Marta (Light House Museum) which details innovations of lighthouse design. The top of light house can be reached as part of a tour.
On the left, after the small bridge on the entrance to Cascais, is the Parque Marechal Carmona an exquisitely maintained park with ponds full of terrapins, rose beds and children’s play equipment. The park is a joy to wander after the sun exposure of the cliff walk and many of Cascais residences are found here also enjoying the atmosphere of the area. For the energetic there is a 30 minute power walk route of the park which is clearly signed, while for the not so energetic a cafe lies to the north near one of the small ponds. By the entrance to the Parque Marechal Carmona is a small chapel, the Capela de São Sebastião (Chapel of Saint Sebastian).
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Cascais had such great beaches
The lighthouse in Cascais...
That pretty central beach
Remember where we got those great ice creams from